People in the early stages of healing identify with and trust the experiences of someone who is further along in their journey. They are inspired by Healing Stories and use the ‘educational’ content they contain to help them deal with the problems and struggles they face in their day-to-day living. Who better to help us than someone who has ‘been there’?
For many people, telling their Story plays an important part in the healing process. Their Story helps other people, providing the storyteller with an important feeling of 'giving back', which is of therapeutic value in its own right.
You might like to read Nathan Oakley’s story, Giving Up Gunja. I have also written and edited a number of non-Indigenous addiction recovery stories on my Recovery Stories website.